A lifetime is so short, a new one can't be bought.
-George Harrison

Breast Resource Center finds a new home

by lesliedinaberg on June 30, 2005

The Breast Resource Center of Santa Barbara welcomed visitors to its new home on June 23. Among those gathered at the nonprofit’s homey new cottage, across the street from Oak Park at 525 W. Junipero St., were some of the early founders of center, which serves as an emotional and educational support center for breast […]

Principal’s passion is no fluke

by lesliedinaberg on June 30, 2005

A strong believer in the importance of ocean literacy because “you’re only going to care about something that you love and you’re only going to love something that you know,” Vieja Valley School principal Barbara LaCorte, who will move to Hope School in the fall, spends most of her time away from school either on […]

Zoo campers to dive into ocean, water exploration

by lesliedinaberg on June 23, 2005

Summer visitors to the Santa Barbara Zoo will look beyond the East Beach view to the vast world of the ocean, as two full years of activities begin to educate the public about the “Wonders of Water.” “The populace of the United States is uneducated about the issues concerning water,” said Nancy H. McToldridge, the […]

What I learned in kindergarten this year

by lesliedinaberg on June 23, 2005

The tears started when I began to compose a thank you letter to my son’s teacher. Trying to put down on paper all of the amazing things he had learned in kindergarten — about the “bossy E,” who was simply silent when I went to school; about raising your hand to get attention, rather than […]

When every day is Father’s Day

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2005

The job may sound grueling on paper, but not to the growing ranks of the more than 98,000 stay-at-home fathers in the United States — and not to Steve Boelter, Danny Echt, Robert Hilton and John Kerman, at least not most of the time. While their individual family dynamics, professional circumstances and points-of-view vary greatly, […]

Cherishing each phrase of my life

by lesliedinaberg on June 16, 2005

My father always knows how to say it best “Don’t worry, honey. We’ll buy her pretty clothes and develop her personality.” This was the first thing my Dad said to my mom when he saw me, his first-born. Granted, this was 1963, I had a forceps-dented forehead, and the only labor fathers participated in those […]

Parents plead to retain principal

by lesliedinaberg on June 9, 2005

Superintendent remains firm on transfer decision Despite impassioned pleas from some parents to either delay or rescind her decision to shuffle the principals in the Hope School District, Superintendent Gerrie Fausett held firm to her plan to move Hope School principal Patrick Plamondon to Monte Vista School, Monte Vista’s Judy Stettler to Vieja Valley School, […]

The tassle is worth the hassle

by lesliedinaberg on June 9, 2005

Graduation wisdom for the easily amused Graduation and the accompanying commencement speech frenzy is upon us, and unless the phone rings like, right this second, I won’t be giving the keynote at a prestigious university, trade school, internet college, high school or junior high ceremony this year. I’m shocked, I’m appalled, and I could have […]

Hope principals transferred

by lesliedinaberg on June 2, 2005

Hope School parents were quite shaken last week when superintendent Gerrie Fausett announced her plans to reassign all of the district principals in the fall. But so far the other two district schools, Vieja Valley and Monte Vista, appear to not be too stirred. “It’s created quite an uproar at Hope School,” said Fausett, who […]

Fausett explains principal rotation idea

by lesliedinaberg on June 2, 2005

Hope School parents were shaken last week when superintendent Gerrie Fausett announced plans to reassign all three of the district’s principals in the fall. So far, the other two schools, Monte Vista and Vieja Valley, appear to not be too stirred. “It’s created quite an uproar at Hope School,” said Fausett, who became superintendent in […]